Your humble host recently got a Shenmue tattoo, so never let his love of Yu Suzuki’s seminal coming of age story be called into question. That said, even the most ardent fan would have to agree that Shenmue III has looked, well, terrible since it was announced. With the long-awaited sequel due out in August, though, developer Ys Net has to deliver – and we’re pleased to say that the title’s new screenshots look… Y’know, alright.
We still need to see the game in motion, of course, but these images from a pre-MAGIC 2019 press conference show that Ryo Hazuki’s character model is close to where it should be – and Shenhua looks great. Apparently, an extensive new trailer will debut on 9th March, while select attendees at MAGIC 2019 will get to see an exclusive gameplay segment. Which is both exciting and worrying – we really, really hope this is coming together.